1961 Maserati 50cc Model 50/T2/SS
Registration no. 7102 MP (see text)
Frame no. SS 4409
Engine no. SS S 7656
The only original documentation accompanying this 50/T2/SS is its old-style logbook, which shows that it was first registered on 2nd February 1961, making it one of the last Maserati motorcycles produced. The first and only stamped entry is clearly that of the original dealer who taxed it for the first year. It has never been taxed since and could only have been used on the road for that year; therefore the recorded mileage of 3,848 is almost certainly correct. Although entered on the logbook, the two subsequent owners (the second of whom is another dealer) failed to date or register the changes. The immediately preceding owner acquired the machine circa 1981 from its fourth owner's wife following her husband's death. He was told that it had been on museum display for the previous ten years, and its restoration is believed to date from that period.
There are no fundamental deviations from factory specification. However, the restoration involved some additional chromium plating and polishing of aluminium parts. The handlebar grips are new, as the originals (included in the sale) had perished. From these and the footrests, which likewise are original, it is clear that the machine has had little use. There is no wear on the sprockets and the tyres too are original. Early versions of the Model 50/T2/SS were fitted with bicycle pedals operating through the gearbox, primarily as a means of starting since there was no conventional kick-starter. On this machine there is no pedal system, therefore only push starting is possible.
Following its acquisition circa 1981, the machine remained virtually untouched in the preceding owner's humidity-controlled and heated garage before being exhibited at the 2007 Race Retro Show at Stoneleigh Park. Prior to that event the machine was stripped and cleaned, excluding the engine and gearbox (although the cylinder head was removed to check the bore, which was unworn). No wear was found in any moving parts except the rear suspension rubber bushes, which were replaced. Other work carried out included repainting the cycle parts in Maserati Red, re-trimming the saddle in dark blue leather, re-plating various components and internally sealing the fuel tank. Two new original-pattern tank badges were fitted (enamelled rather than painted) while the front mudguard badge is original, although its colours should be as the tank badges. The wiring loom, which was completely renewed, incorporates a multiple connector permitting removal of the headlamp and handlebar switch for racing. Originally there were two fuel feeds: main and reserve, although there is now only one feed through an original tap. The other tap is damaged but is included in the sale together with the race-kit comprising: front racing numberplate, two tank pads and a megaphone exhaust extension.
Purchased by the current owner at Bonhams' Stafford auction in October 2007 (Lot 428), the Maserati has been kept in storage as part of his extensive private collection since acquisition, and although not used has been started recently. Re-commissioning and the customary safety checks will be required before it returns to the road.
It should be noted that there is no oil in either the gearbox or the suspension units, which have been drained, and that the machine is not currently registered with the DVLA. Offered with the aforementioned original logbook, history folder and a quantity of photocopied Maserati-related literature including an instruction/parts manual (in Italian).